The 2019 Quebec Memory Championship for those who couldn’t be there

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Update: The deadline for sending us your results is now passed, but if you want you can still do all the challenges and post your results as a comment on this page.

So I see that you’ve chosen to participate as an “honorary competitor”. That’s great! I’m sure the Gods of memory are currently looking at you with pride and excitement, speculating among themselves about how well or how poorly you’ll perform. I suggest you just ignore them and do your best without worrying too much about your results.

So here are the steps you now need to follow on your journey to eternal happiness:

1- Read all the rules (except the last part about Championship Points calculations), even if you think you know them already. Only 5 minutes IAM images works exactly the same as what you may have seen before.

2- If you haven’t done so already, you should choose the day you’re planning to compete. Any day you want before April 22. It’s also possible to compete just whenever you have time or whenever you feel like it. You could for example choose to do half the challenges on one day and the other half on another day. You could even choose to do just 2 or 3 challenges and completely ignore the rest. However, you should know that it’s been scientifically proven that people who plan in advance where and when they will compete and who go through everything in one day are exactly 27% cooler than all the others. I suggest you block out 5 hours in total for the big day. If you follow the suggested schedule, go through all the challenges, use all the recall time and take a 15 minutes pause between each challenge and one longer 35 minutes break before numbers and cards, you’ll need 4 and a half hours in total, 2 and a half if you’re competing in the regular section and you don’t want to do numbers and cards. If you really want to cut short on recall time and on breaks as much as possible, it might be possible to go through all 6 challenges in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

3- While waiting for the big day, if you want you can practice words and names and numbers using the same format you will be presented. This page offer many sample disciplines. For numbers you’ll find an Excel sheet that can produce an infinite amount of random numbers in the same format that we’ll use. Only the all-new and terrifying “15 minutes exam cramming” challenge will be completely new to you, just like it was for all the March 23 contestants in Quebec.

4- Do you want to compete directly on your computer or do you want to print out all the challenges in advance? If you want to print them all in advance, you’ll need access to a color printer. You can scroll down this page and print everything now if you want. If you’re competing in the Regular section, remember that you’re also allowed to print out your number and/or card system on an 8.5 by 11 inches sheet (front side of the sheet only) and use that sheet during both the memorization and recall periods. 

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5- Ok so today is the day! I hope you slept well the night before. If you need some encouragement, just pretend I’m standing nearby acting as your personal cheerleader, yelling out your name while singing and jumping up and down. That will help ( :

Here’s a schedule similar to what you would have faced in competition:

  • 1pm: 5 min images. 30 seconds pause and then 15 minutes of recall.
  • Break from 1:20 to 1:35.
  • 1:35: 15 min exam. 30 seconds pause and then 20 minutes of recall.
  • Break from 2:10 to 2:30.
  • 2:30: 5 min names and faces. 30 seconds pause and then 15 minutes of recall.
  • Break from 2:50 to 3:05.
  • 3:05: 10 min words. 30 seconds pause and then 20 minutes of recall.
  • You might be done now if you’re in the regular section and you don’t want to do the rest. Otherwise take a longer break from 3:35 to 4:10.
  • 4:10: 10 min numbers. 30 seconds pause and then 20 minutes of recall.
  • Break from 4:40 to 4:55.
  • 4:55: First attempt of 5 min cards. 30 seconds pause and then 5 minutes of recall (or 7 minutes of recall if you’re in the regular section). Correction and break.
  • 5:15: Second attempt of 5 min cards. 30 seconds pause and then 5 minutes of recall (or 7 minutes of recall if you’re in the regular section). Correction.

We don’t really care whether you use this version of the schedule or a modified version, but we do think you should make a plan and stick to it. Starting a memorization period at a pre-determined time is more difficult than starting whenever you feel ready and relaxed.

Except for cards, we suggest you wait until you’re done with everything before correcting your sheets. For images, words and numbers, please don’t just note your final score but also note your attempted score. We want to know! So if you attempted 80 words but mistakes brought your score down to 65, note your score as 65/80. The attempted score doesn’t matter scoring wise, but it’s interesting to know. For cards we want to know your time whether or not you got them all right.

Don’t worry about “Championship Points”. As we’ve said before here there will be “no winner, no rewards, no championship points and no ranking”.

Almost all the documents are pdf and you can’t write directly on them if you don’t print them out. You could however just take a sheet of paper or open another document to write down your answers for each question.

Please contact us if you happen to have superhuman skills and you think you might go for more than 900 digits or 200 random words in 10 minutes. We’ll be happy to prepare an additional sheet for you.

Ready?

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First challenge – 5 minutes images, 15 minutes recall

Click the link below when you’re ready to access the images document. There are 10 pages, 500 images in total. If you’re printing them out, I suggest you only print what you will need. So if you know there’s no way you’ll remember more than 200 images, only print the first 4 pages. 3 pages (150 images) should be enough for most competitors. It should be a little easier if you print in color.

Click the link below when you’re ready to access the recall document for images. It’s 10 pages, again only print what you need if you’re printing.

As we’ve said we suggest you wait until you’re done with everything before correcting yourself.

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Second challenge – 15 minutes Exam cramming – 20 minutes recall

Ok so this is completely new and we don’t want you to be confused about the rules and the format, so we’ve added more detailed explanations and examples on this page. Be sure to take a look at this page before starting to memorize if you don’t want to be confused about what you’re supposed to do. It’s much more detailed than what you may have read already on the rules page.

Click on one of the two links below when you’re ready to access the exam document. The first link is for competitors in the Advanced section. The second link is for competitors in the Regular section. There are 3 pages. If you’re printing them out, the second page should be printed in color, pages 1 and 3 are black and white.

Then click on one of the two links below when you’re ready for recall. There are 4 pages. If you’re printing them out, the third page should be printed in color, pages 1, 2 and 4 are black and white.

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Third challenge – Names and faces – 5 minutes memorization – 15 minutes recall

Click on the link below when you’re ready to start. We’ve managed to fit everything on just 2 pages. Color is best if you’re printing.

Click on one of two links below when you’re ready for recall. The first link is a pdf document. The second link is a “.doc” document so that you can download it and write all your answers directly from your computer if you want. Unfortunately since I don’t have Microsoft Word and I’m using some other program, I can’t guarantee that the formatting of the “.doc” document will be as intended (I’ve had some problems with this in the past).

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Fourth challenge – 10 minutes Random Words – 20 minutes recall

Click on the link below when you’re ready to start. 2 pages in black and white. 100 words per page. Most people should have enough with just 1 page.

For recall you can write wherever you want. Or you can print this recall page.

All right so you’re done now if you’re in the Regular section and you don’t want to do numbers and cards. If you’re still here, you should probably take a longer break before tackling the last two challenges.

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Fifth challenge – 10 minutes Numbers – 20 minutes recall

Click on one of the links below when you’re ready to start. The very first document gives you some examples of all the possible formats you can choose from. If nothing works for you, contact us at cmsa@canadianmindsports.com and we’ll see if we can fix your problem. Digits are usually shown in boxes of 12. Three boxes of 12 per row. For easier reading, we also add a small dot every 2, 3, 4 or 6 digits, depending on how many digits you like to place per loci. We also made a special version for those competitors who place 9 digits per loci. For the “Groups of 9” document, there are clear spaces between every group of 9 digits and two barely small dots were added per row in order to make the usual division in groups of 12 visible during the correction. And we had a request for simple rows of 36 digits with no separation at all.

For recall you can write wherever you want. Or you can print this recall page.

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Last challenge – 2 attempts of speed cards – 5 minutes max for memorization – 5 minutes for recall (7 minutes in the Regular section)

All right so you know how that works! If you don’t manage to memorize a full decks, make sure you’ve read our rules to count your points correctly. You have two attempts.

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Thank you for taking part! If you’re curious, the official results of those who competed in person are posted here. Please send us your results before April 22 at cmsa@canadianmindsports.com along with, if you want, any comments you’d like to see added. On April 23 we’ll publish everything we’ve received.